The NBA Most Improved Player award may not be as illustrious as the NBA MVP award, but it often is a forecaster of the league's next generation of elite players.
Years ago, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal and Gilbert Arenas all graduated from winning the award to routinely filling out All-Star rosters. In fact, two early-season favorites for this year's MVP, Paul George and Kevin Love, are former winners of the award.
The front-runners so far this season include several first-round picks out of Kentucky, a trio of 76ers and an identical twin. But there's also a host of other viable candidates, making this year's race difficult to forecast.
They were judged by their performance so far in the 2013-14 season as compared with their outputs from the 2012-13 season. Both offense and defense were considered, as well as the players' general roles for their teams.
But enough prologue. Let's get to the list.